Nine killed in Syria car bomb explosion


A car bomb has exploded in Syria’s northwest city of Afrin, leaving at least nine people dead and 30 others injured.

According to witnesses and a rescuer, the explosion took place at a busy vegetable market in Afrin, a mainly Kurdish city near the Turkish border controlled by Ankara-backed militant groups.

Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency said the explosives were packed into a refrigerator truck.

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack.

In March 2018, the Turkish military and allied Syria militants took control of Afrin after a two-month-long offensive, which dislodged Kurdish YPG militants from the Syrian city.

Turkey launched another cross-border operation earlier this month, invading northeastern Syria to push out Syrian Kurdish fighters who had partnered with U.S. forces against the Islamic State group.

Ankara views the Syrian Kurdish fighters as an extension of the decades-long Kurdish insurgency in southeastern Turkey.

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